Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has had a close relationship with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein for most of his Hollywood career, but has remained silent up until now on the scandal surrounding the executive.
Following a blistering New York Times piece that blew the lid off of decades of cover-ups involving Weinstein and his sexual misconduct, numerous women — including the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Beckinsale — have come forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of the influential producer. Weinstein helped launch the career of many in Hollywood, including Tarantino. All eight of Tarantino’s movies have been distributed by either Miramax or The Weinstein Company and the filmmaker released a statement Thursday night saying that he was “heartbroken” by the scandal.
“For the last week I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years, Harvey Weinstein,” Tarantino wrote in a statement. “I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”
Actress Amber Tamblyn, a friend of Tarantino’s, released the director’s statement in a tweet on Thursday after first tweeting that she had a “long dinner” with Tarantino and was planning to release his statement on Weinstein.
From Quentin Tarantino: pic.twitter.com/jv0VQNrI91
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) October 13, 2017
Tarantino’s next film will reportedly be focused on the Manson Family murders and was being produced by Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein. It will be interesting to see whether Tarantino will seek out new producers in light of recent events.